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Christopher P. Frissora Joins Common Ground Board

NEW YORK – Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that Christopher P. Frissora has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Frissora is a Director at the investment management firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. and served previously on the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board.

“Chris is truly passionate about helping underserved New Yorkers find stable homes. I am thrilled that he has joined the Common Ground team to help further our cause of ending homelessness and providing affordable housing for all New Yorkers,” said Common Ground Executive Director Brenda Rosen.

“Chris brings to Common Ground a unique skill set that will greatly benefit our program planning and oversight responsibilities at the Board director level. His longstanding involvement in promoting affordable housing causes within the City through both staff and advisory positions along with his considerable expertise in finance will add a very valuable perspective to our deliberations,” said James S. Rubin, President and Chair of Common Ground’s Board of Directors. “We welcome him to the Board and I know he will be a great addition.”

“Common Ground is an organization that’s truly making a difference in the everyday lives of New Yorkers. From their outreach services, to building, owning and managing supportive and affordable housing, they are helping our most vulnerable populations overcome great obstacles. I am excited to join this incredible group,” said Christopher P. Frissora.

Mr. Frissora joined Angelo, Gordon & Co. in 2012 and is a Director in the distressed securities group. As a past staff member and board member of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board -- a not-for-profit organization that assists low-income New Yorkers in collectively owning and governing affordable housing co-operatives -- he has learned first-hand how stable housing can have transformative powers for underserved individuals. Prior to joining Angelo, Gordon & Co., he was a Vice President at Monarch Alternative Capital and has also worked at Morgan Stanley and Lazard Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Frissora joins Common Ground’s Board of Directors, which includes James S. Rubin, President and Chair of the Board; Treasurer Ellen Taus, CFO of the Rockefeller Foundation; Secretary Bruce Angiolillo, Esq., a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; and Board Members Peter Ezersky, Managing Principal at Quadrangle Group LLC; Michael J. Franco, Executive Vice President at Vornado Realty Trust; Tony Hannigan, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Community Services; Brenda Rosen, Common Ground’s Executive Director; Naomi Wolfensohn, a Trustee at the Wolfensohn Family Foundation; and Jide J. Zeitlin, President of the Keffi Group.